Supply Security in Uncertain Times

Any good business with a Business Continuity Plan, should ensure that this includes all aspects of their supply chain. Some clients have recently made changes as a result of asking some of the questions below:

  • Do you know the ultimate supplier of your key additives?
  • Which chemical components are key to your retaining business with your most important customers?
  • Who holds the contingency stocks in the supply chain between the ultimate supplier and your customer (or sometimes even their customer)?

We go through a full risk analysis with clients, along the lines of the poster below, teasing out the real issues that could disrupt business.


A new question has recently been added, prompted by the war of words between the USA and China regarding tariffs

  • What happens if a trade war breaks out?

On April 13th 2018 Jeffrey Leiter, general counsel to the Independent Lubricants Manufacturer's Association (ILMA), was paraphrased in Lube Report Asia. His high-level advice is consistent with ours in the bottom segment "Bureaucracy & Legislation.".


When preparing for a possible tariff increase on products being exported to China, he is reported to have said that companies should look at the percentage of their sales in China compared to their overall business, and then consider how revenue and profits may shift. Next, companies should evaluate their supply chains to determine where interruptions might occur.  Finally, they should develop a contingency plan.

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